Skelbo Castle, Sutherland, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Skelbo Castle which is in a ruinous condition. Location is the southern edge of Loch Fleet in Sutherland, north of Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands. Historically, the castle would have commanded control of the important ferry crossing route from/to Littleferry across Loch Fleet.

Today, the ruins comprise a keep, curtain wall, courtyard and mansion house.

A summary history is as follows:

  • 13th century: Gilbert de Moravia.
  • 15th century: Kynnards.
  • 16th century: William Sutherland of Duffus.
  • 18th century: Eric Sutherland of Duffus.

Access to the castle is not assured.

The site affords superb views across Loch Fleet which is renowned for its wildlife, mainly birds and seals.

Seals at Loch Fleet, Scotland

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